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RBI slashes repo rate: Big relief to small businesses but more support needed; move to revive demand, say industry bodies
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RBI slashes repo rate: Big relief to small businesses but more support needed; move to revive demand, say industry bodies

The benchmark repurchase (repo) rate was cut by 40 basis points to 4 percent, the lowest since the benchmark came into being in 2000, RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das said.

Coronavirus Outbreak: Tennis players should not have to provide financial aid to fellow professionals, says Matteo Berrettini
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Coronavirus Outbreak: Tennis players should not have to provide financial aid to fellow professionals, says Matteo Berrettini

Berrettini's comments were in response to Novak Djokovic urging players to contribute to a fund set up by the sport’s governing bodies to help the lower-ranked professionals affected by the tennis shutdown which began in March and will continue at least until end of July.

International Tennis Federation to design new relief fund plan to support lower ranked players
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International Tennis Federation to design new relief fund plan to support lower ranked players

Earlier this month, the ITF, ATP, WTA and the governing bodies of the four Grand Slams raised over $6 million to help about 800 lower-ranked players, who depend solely on tournament winnings earn a living.

Tennis great Leander Paes stresses on importance of learning new skills during coronavirus-enforced lockdown
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Tennis great Leander Paes stresses on importance of learning new skills during coronavirus-enforced lockdown

Speaking at an Education Webinar for coaches, jointly organised by the All India Tennis Association (AITA) and the Sports Authority of India (SAI), Paes touched upon various topics including his junior days, the transition to men's circuit, the role mental fitness plays in tennis, dealing with pressure, nutritional knowledge and coaching tips

ITF releases 'return to tennis' guidelines: Players to use separate sets of balls, only singles matches to be played
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ITF releases 'return to tennis' guidelines: Players to use separate sets of balls, only singles matches to be played

The International Tennis Federation has released a set of guidelines which could help the sport return in those countries where the the threat of coronavirus disease has lessened.

Roger Federer raises prospect of merging men's and women's professional tennis tours
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Roger Federer raises prospect of merging men's and women's professional tennis tours

Federer began a string of posts on Twitter by saying the shutdown of tennis because of the coronavirus outbreak has given the sport an ideal opportunity to assess its future.

Coronavirus Outbreak: Worried about dwindling finances and sports' uncertain future, lower-ranked tennis players could take up alternate careers
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Coronavirus Outbreak: Worried about dwindling finances and sports' uncertain future, lower-ranked tennis players could take up alternate careers

Unlike pros in the NBA or NHL, whose players are getting most of their regular-season paychecks, tennis players are independent contractors who don't receive salaries

Coronavirus Outbreak: Tennis great Billie Jean King feels sport's shutdown has exposed its 'inequities'
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Coronavirus Outbreak: Tennis great Billie Jean King feels sport's shutdown has exposed its 'inequities'

The tennis season was suspended in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the shutdown will continue at least until mid-July, depriving lower-level players of the chance to earn a living

Chilean tennis player Nicolas Jarry gets 11-month doping ban for ligandrol and stanozolol
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Chilean tennis player Nicolas Jarry gets 11-month doping ban for ligandrol and stanozolol

Top 100 tennis player Nicolas Jarry was given an 11-month doping ban by the International Tennis Federation on Monday, stemming from a failed test at the Davis Cup Finals in November.

Tennis governing bodies join forces to answer players' cry for financial help in pandemic affected season
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Tennis governing bodies join forces to answer players' cry for financial help in pandemic affected season

The tennis season was halted in early March due to the pandemic, leaving players in the lower tiers who depend solely on tournament winnings without the chance to earn a living.

Coronavirus Outbreak: Sports Ministry calls meeting with representatives of 11 NSFs to decide future course of action
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Coronavirus Outbreak: Sports Ministry calls meeting with representatives of 11 NSFs to decide future course of action

It has been learnt from reliable sources in the National Sports Federations that Sports Secretary Radheyshyam Julaniya will address two representatives each from the 11 federations invited for a meeting

Coronavirus Outbreak: ITF advises tennis players to seek government aid wherever possible amidst COVID-19 shutdown
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Coronavirus Outbreak: ITF advises tennis players to seek government aid wherever possible amidst COVID-19 shutdown

The London-based ITF has had to postpone 900 tournaments across all its circuits because of the virus and has put half its staff on furlough

Coronavirus Outbreak: International Tennis Federation puts about half its staff on furlough, cutting salaries
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Coronavirus Outbreak: International Tennis Federation puts about half its staff on furlough, cutting salaries

The move includes a 30 percent pay drop in 2020 for International Tennis Federation President David Haggerty and reductions of 10 or 20 percent for others.

Coronavirus Outbreak: WTA Tour working on better pay for lower level players, considers extending 2020 season
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Coronavirus Outbreak: WTA Tour working on better pay for lower level players, considers extending 2020 season

The tennis season screeched to a halt in early March due to the virus, leaving players in the lowest tiers without any opportunity to earn their livelihoods.

From Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan to Purav Raja, Indian tennis players work on future ventures during coronavirus forced break
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From Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan to Purav Raja, Indian tennis players work on future ventures during coronavirus forced break

Swinging the racquet will not earn them money all their life, so a few Indian tennis players, forced out of Pro Tour due to the health crisis triggered by COVID-19, are utilising their time to work on career beyond tennis.

Coronavirus pandemic: Roland Garros’ decision to reschedule claycourt Major smacks of miscommunication and short-sightedness
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Coronavirus pandemic: Roland Garros’ decision to reschedule claycourt Major smacks of miscommunication and short-sightedness

It is hard not to think that Roland Garros were just trying to flex their muscle by unilaterally rescheduling their tournament to September. And the game of one-upmanship that the move has prompted is a sorry indictment of their short-sightedness.

Laver Cup will go ahead despite Roland Garros postponement to September, say organisers
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Laver Cup will go ahead despite Roland Garros postponement to September, say organisers

Laver Cup organisers say the exhibition event will go ahead in September as planned despite Roland Garros moving to the same dates as the implications of the French Tennis Federation’s shock gambit began to reverberate on Wednesday.

US Open criticises unilateral changes to Grand Slam calendar after Roland Garros rejig, promises consultation over changes
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US Open criticises unilateral changes to Grand Slam calendar after Roland Garros rejig, promises consultation over changes

The revised date of Roland Garros sees them begin a week after the final of the US Open and results in clashes with ATP tournaments in Metz, St. Petersburg, Chengdu, Sofia and Zhuhai as well as WTA events in Guangzhou, Seoul, Tokyo and Wuhan.

Roland Garros organisers say cancelling slam was 'unthinkable' after copping criticism over postponement
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Roland Garros organisers say cancelling slam was 'unthinkable' after copping criticism over postponement

French tennis federation president Bernard Giudicelli said, 'For us it was unthinkable (to cancel), the only thing we had in mind was the interest of the tournament and of the players.'

Coronavirus pandemic: A look at qualifying events for Tokyo Olympics 2020 in limbo due to COVID-19 threat
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Coronavirus pandemic: A look at qualifying events for Tokyo Olympics 2020 in limbo due to COVID-19 threat

Here we look at the status of many qualifying events for Tokyo Olympics 2020, which have been either postponed or cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic